Re: Alcohol - a help or a hindrance?
I'm in the exact same boat as you both.
The best way to go about it I find is getting a friend to come out with you who's not used to being completely sober either.
This way you're not doing it alone and it's not half as intimidating as you can both laugh about how much you suck after your first few encounters before you start to improve.
Once you eliminate the fear, there's no reason to shake or get sweaty.
And I always reason that girls are more than likely slightly tipsy anyway so they won't be as analytic as you might fear!
If it was not for man's urge to gamble, It could be argued that we would still be monkeys hanging in the trees.